Iraq to free Briton jailed in antiquities case: lawyer

An Iraqi court has overturned the conviction and 15-year sentence handed to a British pensioner last month for antiquities smuggling, the retiree’s lawyer said Tuesday.

The conviction of James Fitton has been “overturned today by the Court of Cassation and my client will soon be free”, lawyer Thaer Saoud told AFP.

“We are very pleased by the decision, but we are still waiting for his release,” his son-in-law, Sam Tasker, told AFP in a phone call.

Fitton had been charged under a 2002 law against “intentionally taking or trying to take out of Iraq an antiquity”.


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